So, you’re a busy 20-something professional who’s still trying to find a harmonious balance between building your future empire and a flourishing social life? Wrinkles are probably not on your current list of ‘things to tackle’ in your next personal de-brief, and why should they be? You’re still in your prime and youth is on your side! But, just like compound interest (yawn), there are some things worth starting early, and caring for your delicate skin is one of them.
Seeing as prevention works better than cure, equipping yourself with the tools and the know-how to slow down visible signs of skin ageing is a trait certainly worth adopting while you’re in your 20s.
If you’re looking for ways to prevent (dreaded) wrinkles, we’ve got the scoop.
With anti-ageing products in abundance in today’s modern world, you’d be hard pressed to find a product that doesn’t help with reducing the signs of fine lines and crow’s feet wrinkles. Yet, although it seems innocent enough, using highly potent anti-ageing creams and serums on a young complexion could in fact, be doing more harm than good. Young skin is metabolically active, meaning it is already naturally renewing its own skin cells at a 21-28 day turnover rate. When you reach 50 years of age, this rate slows to almost double, so anti-ageing products that contain active ingredients help to increase the rate of renewal. Over-stimulation however, can lead to breakouts and severe dryness! So take it easy on the anti-ageing products, until you start to see, well, visible signs of ageing!
Remember being taught in school that you should be drinking on average 8 glasses of water a day? While that may not be entirely accurate, (given the amount of water you need to consume depends on factors such as weight, activity, health and even air temperature) it’s still important to use this figure as a rough guide to help you calculate just how much H20 you should be downing. Water not only preserves youth by maintaining skin elasticity, resulting in a plump and glowing complexion (A+ for wrinkle prevention!). It’s also important to stay hydrated to avoid eye bags and dark circles – both of which are often the root cause to looking older at face value, so drink up!
There’s a saying that goes ‘if it’s bad for your waist, it’s bad for your face’. Sugar is known to literally make you look older as the advanced glycation end products (AGEs) damage the proteins that would otherwise keep your skin full of collagen and elastin. These nasty AGEs also make the skin more vulnerable to environmental aggressors (such as UV and pollution), causing your complexion to appear discoloured and less supple. Essentially, refined sugar attaches itself to the protein molecules within the body, and because proteins are present everywhere, the destruction caused by AGEs is huge! Best to lay off the donuts and reach for a bowl of blueberries instead…
And, while we’re on the topic of blueberries, eating foods that are rich in antioxidants is a must, to help you fight off the ever-inevitable ageing bug! Think leafy greens, fruits, salmon, avocadoes, nuts, seeds, and of course, berries. Subbing out the sugary treats for a healthier alternative now will mean less age-related skin concerns later – we promise!
Yet, there’s always one major player in slowing down ageing that seems to get overlooked. Perhaps it’s the fact that you’re in your 20s and the word ‘hangover’ hasn’t quite made it to your vocabulary yet, so naturally, you’re going to party. But if there’s one trick of the trade worth adding to your tool-kit, it’s making sure you get enough sleep!
Sleep is much more miraculous than it’s made out to be – like making you feel less tired. Rest and relaxation is critical to your health, as it allows your body the ability to heal and repair itself at a cellular level. We know it seems like a waste of time (you have got a social life after all), but getting the required 7 hours of sleep (minimum) per night has been proven to be beneficial for the skin in a multitude of ways. During its time of repair, sleep helps to reverse the damage caused by external factors. Solid shuteye also replenishes the epidermal moisture and increases levels of melatonin, resulting in free radial protection.
In other words, sleep helps keep you looking youthful by rejuvenating the skin and fighting off the very things that contribute to skin ageing.
Perhaps it’s about time you got an early night?